Friday, October 21, 2005

Indiana Voter ID lawsuit updates:
The two cases have been consolidated and assigned to magistrate judge Sue Shields.
This isn't bad news - Shields has a decent record on election law issues.
The league of women voters has moved to intervene, represented by Karen Horseman.
Horseman was defeated by three votes in my city council district, a district in which the average income is $13,000, many residents do not have drivers licenses or cars,
and the nearest BMV office is incompetant at issuing voting licenses.

Doug Webber, elections chief for the AG, represents the state, which has intervened.
The county has raised some affirmative defenses, including standing, lack of a justiciable controversy, and the 11th amendment. I am puzzled by why a county would try to assert an 11th Amendment claim.

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